Day at the Zoo was a very special event, not just for mothers, but for our red
river hog pair.
3-year-old Potter gave birth to 3 piglets on May 11
in the morning.
This is the first litter for Potter and the father, 2-year-old Dill.
piglets, 2 females and 1 male are currently on display with their parents in
the African Forest boardwalk area of the Jackson Zoo.
The piglets will remain
with the pair for the foreseeable future.
The piglets are approximately 2-3
pounds and have a distinctive striped and spotted coat.
Their coloration helps
them camouflage with the dappled sunlight that would come through the forest
As they grow, they will lose their stripes and turn the rusty red of
Hogs are found in forested areas of western Africa, mainly in the coastal
countries of Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Liberia, and
They generally prefer areas near rivers, streams, or swamps.
live in family groups typically of 6-20 members, led by a dominant male, or
boar. Mostly nocturnal, they search the forest floor for food, rooting for
tubers and roots, as well as eating fruit, grasses, insects, and occasionally
Hogs are listed as Least Concern through the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
There are no immediate major threats to
red river hogs; however hunting has led to localized decline.
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